Twenty-one campers stayed at the Budj Bim-Mt Eccles National Park on October 27-28.
We were joined by seven others staying in nearby accommodation at Macarthur and a further six people who drove down on Saturday just for the day.
The drawcard was a tour of the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area and its archaeological eel farm site, dating back 6000 years approximately. If you are interested in finding out more about this site and the application for its inclusion on the World Heritage List click on the link below. It’s a fascinating article by the archaeologist who worked on the site (thanks Regina Gleeson for providing this link.)
While the tour was a highlight, the surrounding landscape was also geologically interesting with our walks taking us around the bottom and the top of the Mt Eccles crater, giving views all the way to the Southern Grampians and to Portland.
The weather was kind and the leeches were sociable.
It need hardly be mentioned that the catering on Friday and Saturday nights was splendid as well!
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.